After three years in London and one in Manchester this year, the fifth #MicroBizMatters Day live streaming event comes to Hull on Friday, 11th January.
The UK’s biggest small business membership organisations are actively involved. Enterprise Nation, Forum of Private Business, Federation of Small Businesses, Freelance Heroes, and International Association of Bookkeepers will all feature in Hull and business networks across the UK will promote the day and the live streaming to their members too. Paul Uppal, the Small Business Commissioner is also travelling to Hull to support #MicroBizMatters Day 2019
Hull City Council, supported by the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, is to play a significant part in this annual, social media day of recognition, action (#PayIn30Days) and learning. The Day celebrates the contribution made by the 5.5 million micro businesses to the UK Economy. and hundreds of thousands of micro business owners are encouraged to kick off the new business year by giving 11 minutes (#IGave11) of their time to support other business owners.
The base for #MicroBizMatters Day is KCOM Craven Park at which the co-founders and organisers, Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE, will host a number of online sessions including on topics such as Family Business, Freelance Heroes, Makers, Creators or Manufacturers, Network of Networks and Entertainment. Additionally, there are many VIP interviews and workshops by the Forum of Private Business on ‘Late Payment and ‘Saving the High Street’ with one from the FSB on ‘Digital Taxation’.
#MicroBizMatters Day always trends number one on twitter and the live streaming from the event takes place on youtube. Over 150 business owners are expected to contribute to the social media content by attending the Hull event. Some of the local individuals and businesses are Hannah and Sue from Inspire Ignite, Leah from Amethyst Cleaning, Ben Robinson Prehistoric Hull, Sophie Green of Seams Impossible, Phil Ascough, Ross Bennett Engaging Education, T Arran Photography, Janet Adamson and 15-year-old Millie Notarantonio of Millie Rose as well as Charles Cracknell and Mike Notarantonio Youth Enterprise Network Champions
Co-Founder of #MicroBizMatters Day, Tony Robinson OBE, aka The Micro Business Champion, said “We are so grateful to the truly enterprising City of Hull for hosting our social media and the live streaming main event. We will publish on the day our ‘Small is Beautiful Roll of Honour’ of business names and networks which support EF Schumacher’s and our #MicroBizMatters movement’s values and campaigns such as #PayIn30Days. After 22 years of campaigning this is the closest, we’ve got to succeed with #PayIn30Days and it does appear that many in all political parties and business membership organisations have recognised how important it is for 7,500 large businesses to stop bullying 5.7m medium, small and micro businesses with 45 to 120 days ‘take it or leave it’ payment terms
Tina Boden, Co-Founder of #MicroBizMatters Day, aka The Tiny Troubleshooter, added: ‘ We hope that everyone will #IGave 11 minutes to help another business owner on Friday, January 11th. Show the world that #MicroBizMatters. Together we have the #PowerOfPlenty and it is really important that we support each other. This includes buying products and services from each other which is why we have our #Indie25ER campaign. I buy not just 25% of products and services from independent business owners but average over 80% week on week.'”.”
Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader Hull City Council said: “I am pleased that the 5th #MicroBizMatters Day 2019 is to be held in Hull and it’s fantastic that young entrepreneurs in Hull from the Making Changes for Careers Programme (MC4C) are supporting the Day by playing an active part in the day in showcasing their businesses alongside established micro businesses in the City. Hull’s involvement in this annual day of recognition, action and learning further illustrates our commitment to micro businesses in general and youth entrepreneurship in particular and I am delighted that Paul Uppal the Government’s Small Business Commissioner will be coming to Hull for the event.”
As always business journalists are invited to talk with and video the business owners and VIP guests but for safeguarding reasons they must pre-register, and can then drop in any time between 9.15 am and 3.00 pm.